MY ITALIAN FAMILY has teamed up with an Italian law firm to execute the administrative details and support you in the streamlined application process in Italy. The process requires that you establish permanent residence in your family ancestral town or in any town of your liking, usually for the duration of the application, which takes 4 to 9 months (or more) to be finalized (please refer to “Helpful Facts for Residency” below). The time frame varies with each applicant. The local town hall officials will ask you to show proof of residency for a minimum of 12 months, such as a lease for an apartment or home, a purchase of a home, or proof you are living with a relative, etc. You will need to stay initially in your new residence for a few weeks. During this time, the local Police officer (or Vigile) will visit you to confirm that you are in fact living there.
It is advisable that you remain in Italy until the first step “Residency Registration” is completed, which usually takes about 45 to 60 days (or longer). Although once you have officially applied for Italian citizenship, you are free to leave Italy and travel to and from your country, while still keeping your legal residence in Italy, you must have the flexibility to fly back for special appointments that may be required by the town hall officials.
NOTE: You must apply at the Italian Town hall of the Comune where you are going to reside. You cannot rent an apartment in one town and apply in another.
Helpful facts for Residency:
According to Italian Law, in addition to the formal registration with the town hall, residency is based on two fundamental elements:
1. The first element is physical presence in Italy, it must be regular and continuous, as opposed to sporadic and occasional. If an individual spends time both in Italy and in another country, the periods of presence outside of Italy are compared with the periods of presence in Italy in order to see which one is prevalent.
2. The second element is subjective; based on an individual’s intention to stay and live in Italy for the foreseeable future. In order to determine an individual’s intention to live in Italy on a regular basis, reference is made to numerous aspects, including but not limited to an individual’s conduct, social and personal habits, working relationships, family relationships, business and personal activities.